At SNC Tahoe, our students come first. That makes Sierra Nevada College a top choice for pro skiers. It’s not just our location close to over a dozen ski resorts. Diamond Peak, Lila Lapanja’s home mountain, is 5 minutes up the road with no car required. We also understand what it takes for elite athletes to take the mountain. Here they can prepare for a future beyond competition without undermining their racing success.
We asked U.S. Alpine ski racer Lila Lapanja to explain her choice.
My young ski racing career blossomed at Diamond Peak Ski Resort, with my dad as my inspiration and coach. At age 16 I was named to the U.S. Ski Team. There I achieved top honors as a junior racer, and won the 2014 and 2016 North America Cup championship slalom titles. I scored my first World Cup points in Flachau, Austria in 2016. I have stood on the podium in every U.S. National Championship race in which I have competed.
I want to use my ski career in ways that improve and inspire the world, one turn and one class at a time.
Your Future in Ski Business
Whether or not you’re an elite athlete, you can make a professional career on the slopes. In SNC Tahoe’s Ski Area Management bachelor’s degree program, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of the ski resort business from the pros. Intern at Lake Tahoe’s world-class resorts. Network with our alumni, the founders and managers of ski resorts and the publishers of ski magazines. Our guest speaker forum brings Presidents, CEOs, and CFOs in the winter resort industry into your classroom. Graduate with a college degree and a resume that will take you anywhere you want to go.
Your Time on the Mountain
Diamond Peak, the championship SNC Tahoe Ski and Snowboard Team’s home resort, is just 5 minutes from campus by free shuttle. There are over a dozen premier ski areas within easy driving distance. Those include Squaw Valley, Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood. Whatever your skill level and terrain preference, it’s not far from here